Sportsball 2017 benefits the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

AAIUH's Marilyn Fraser with honorees Dr Robert Gore, Kathy Chin, and Soledad O'Brien

Sportsball 2017 benefits the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

SportsBall 2017, the 23rd Annual Black Tie & Sneakers Gala of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH), took place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Renowned guests representing sports, philanthropy, business, entertainment, and medicine gathered at the Grand Hyatt in New York City to celebrate the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.

This year's honorees were:

  • Mary Bassett, MD – Commissioner, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Kathy Chin, Esquire – Senior Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickershaw & Taft, L
  • Robert Gore, MD – ER Physician, SUNY Downstate Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Soledad O’ Brien – Award-winning journalist, speaker, author

SportsBall featured interactive games, dinner buffet, dancing, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and a silent auction. Each guest receives a complimentary pair of sneakers.

SportsBall 2017 is a celebration with a purpose. Each year, the Institute honors individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to urban communities in the areas of health, education, medical research, community service, and philanthropy. The funds raised at SportsBall support the Institute’s innovative community health education programs and research initiatives.

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In 1992, Arthur Ashe established the Institute in partnership with SUNY Downstate intentionally, moved by the institution's long history of serving immigrants and low-income Brooklyn residents as well as staff and faculty's research.

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, located in multi-ethnic Brooklyn, collaborates with community members to design, incubate and replicate neighborhood-based interventions that address health conditions that disproportionately affect minorities.

Recognizing the complexity of the economic and social determinants of health, AAIUH partners with a wide variety of grassroots and institutional organizations to provide:

  • After-school science enrichment
  • Outreach initiatives in trusted venues
  • Research and advocacy

 

Health Science Academy

Started in 1994, the Health Science Academy (HSA) is a three year, after-school health science enrichment program for high school students - from sophomore through senior year. Located at SUNY Downstate, HSA recruits college-bound, academically talented students interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences (e.g., medicine, nursing, public health, and research). Academy Scholars come from groups that have been historically under-served and under-represented in the health sciences and higher education.

Academy instructors and guest speakers include SUNY Downstate faculty, medical and nursing students, and Academy staff. Recruited from our partner schools in Brooklyn,  Academy Scholars commit to completing six college-level modules over a period of three years and maintaining an 85 average and 85 in math and science classes. Classes are small, involving hands-on clinical exposure, case-based learning, lab tours, field trips, presentations, and dissections.

 

AAIUH's Marilyn Fraser with honorees Dr Robert Gore, Kathy Chin, and Soledad O'Brien
AAIUH's Marilyn Fraser with honorees Dr Robert Gore, Kathy Chin, and Soledad O'Brien